by Jorge Montes Rodriguez, National Narrative Shifter, FII-Albuquerque
FII Site: Albuquerque
Rosa Crimilda Andrade Meuli is an immigrant and mother of two DREAMers (young undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as children, who have lived and gone to school here, and who in many cases identify as American). Being an immigrant living in the USA is a battle for her because there are many opportunities that she feels left out of that make life seem impossible – opportunities such as purchasing a home, voting, and/or attending a higher educational institution. Rosa does not let herself be affected by these barriers. If anything, it has taught her to value her life and show her passion. Being an immigrant has led her to be involved in her community and participate in civil rights activities. When the world says no to her, she says yes to herself by looking for resources that benefit her and her family.
Before FII, Rosa C. was already strongly advocating for her community by being involved in immigrant rights campaigns with a non-profit known as El Centro de Igualda y Derechos. “Being an activist has made me feel like anything is possible, with the right perspective and my eyes wide open.” With FII, she is able to expand her network of seeing the assets in her
community. Together, they open the closed doors.
Rosa feels it is one’s responsibility to give your heart and soul to others. Rosa would like people to take three things from her story – respect, love, and charity – and apply them to their lives.
The National Narrative Shifters are FII families that want to take the lead on advocating for FII’s approach of direct investment in family initiative and fostering of self-determination and supportive relationships. National Narrative Shifters collect stories of the hard work and initiative happening in their communities. Using FII’s data to corroborate the stories and leveraging FII’s blog and media networks and channels, they are creating a compelling national story on what families actually need to achieve economic mobility. This story was written by one of our 2019 National Narrative Shifters.